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The larger-than-life Marvel Superhero The Hulk explodes onto the big screen! After a freak lab accident unleashes a genetically enhanced, impossibly strong creature, a terrified world must marshal its forces to stop a being with abilities beyond imagination.
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Stan Lee wanted the Hulk to be a Frankenstein-type monster. Not so large but very strong and scary, but without the evil brain that the Frakenstein monster had. Apparently no one wanted such a monster for a movie, although I would have been all for it.
The first thing that hits the viewer was Lee attempting to relay the story to the audience like a comic book. That meant all the transitions had the look of a comic book with split screens, fades left and right, up and down, etc. This was the first and only superhero movie to do that, and it was a nice nod to the comic fans.
The problem with The Hulk was that it spent far too much time on the people, and not enough on the Hulk. First, there’s Banner and Ross’s research. Then there’s the government interference, etc. There’s Banner’s crazy father still carrying out experiments, etc. etc. etc. Lee interpreted the story as a human one about Banner struggling to control the beast inside of him, and the government trying to control him. That meant even when the Hulk showed up he was subordinated to Banner. That’s not why people watch superhero movies however. If you go see a comic book movie you don’t want to spend most of the time watching the heroes alter ego, you want to see the superhero. Ang didn’t get that.
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Looking back now it does pale a lot to the likes of The Avengers,Iron Man and Captain America as well as some of the Spiderman and X Men films but this is still a underrated movie with some unique ideas for this type of film and some really top notch acting.
It takes a while to see the Hulk or even action of any kind but it is really awesome when it arrives with our rampaging hero squashing mutant dogs,throwing tanks about and biting into missiles like they were breadsticks.
As i said the acting and ideas are very ambitious for a comic book film but it works even if veteran actor Nick Nolte is a bit wooden these days and Josh Lucas was under used but Eric Bana was fantastic as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connolly is brilliant and beautiful as love interest Betty Ross.
Not as good a film as The Incredible Hulk(even though this film has better acting)and certainly not as good as The Avengers Hulk but still very underrated and deserves more credit than what it normally receives.
other than that all ok no issues
Both are enjoyable, but if I had to pick one over the other it would be Hulk.
The chapter that is striking is when he discovers his mothers tragedy, whilst his Father tells the story to his loved one.
A movie with strong anti-war, anti genocide message oppose to 'iron-man', but also shows regardless how much power you have, we are all vulnerable.
This movie will be re-evaluated as a universal cinema classic.
Otherwise like some of the other earlier Marvel films you wont be missing much